Case report| Volume 38, ISSUE 6, P1082-1086, December 1955

Cholecystographic studies during and immediately following acute pancreatitis

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      Cholecystographic studies of 23 patients during the first week of convalescence from acute pancreatitis indicated nonvisualization of the gall bladder in 11 instances and impaired function in an additional 4 instances (total of 65 per cent). Cholecystograms during follow-up studies or surgical exploration indicated that these patients had no organic disease of the gall bladder. The return of cholecystic function, as indicated by cholecystography, characteristically occurred within a month after the symptoms of acute pancreatitis had subsided.
      During the first week of illness with acute pancreatitis, a cholecystogram is of diagnostic assistance only if the gall bladder is visualized, for nonvisualization at this time does not necessarily indicate organic cholecystic disease.
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